The Silver Haven Motor Inn
577 Argent St, Broken Hill, New South Wales, 2880, Australia
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Mungo National Park from Broken Hill
Hi, I'm planning to visit the Mungo National Park by public transportation in August. Just wondering if there's any coach or day tour (or less than 3 days tour) going there, I only have a small budget and not expecting to spend more than $300AUD, is it possible?
In fact, I did some research and found that Mildura is closest to the park but the time took to get there from Sydney is much longer than to Broken Hill.
Any other suggestions are greatly appreciated!
Janette from Hong Kong
Re: Mungo National Park from Broken Hill
When I went there a few years back there weren't any tour groups going through that I saw. Although, I just googled it and there appear to be quite a few who do it. So try googling and go through the list for what's most appropriate for you.
Travel Tips for Broken Hill
Weather in May
I have only been to Broken Hill once, but I must admit that the weather was absolutely perfect last weekend. It was around 22c and sunny, with a gentle and cooling wind. I'd imagine that if you went in January or February the average temperature would be closer to 40c...so try not to go in the summer.
The Flying Scotsman
Museum - it has fascinating stories like when, during the First World War, two misguided Turks were shooting at a Silverton excursion train.
Imagine, in the middle of nowhere in the early 1900's, two guys conducting their own private war 15,000 ks from home! So, on my first trip over I just happened to be in town when this train appeared. Not your ordinary everyday variety but THE famous Flying Scotsman that had been shipped out to Australia for an historical trip to the Alice.
Needless to say, it was packed to the rafters with train buffs and, were they loving it? You're joking of course!
Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service Base
This is especially for fans of the old TV show "The Flying Doctors"... ;)
You will find the Royal Flying Doctor Service base at the Airport in Broken Hill...there is also a small tourist information centre there and an old plane (perhaps even from the TV show) out the front.
Open seven days a week. Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday & Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm.
Phone: 08 80801777
Broken Hill War Memorial
Located facing Argent St in the grounds of the Courthouse is a sculptured bronze memorial to the First World War in which the ANZACS (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) lost a greater proportion of their men killed or wounded than any other nation fighting! This supreme sacrifice is commemorated every year on the 25th of April as Anzac day, which marked the starting point of the disastrous Gallipoli landings in 1915 and is particularly poignant for me as my birthday falls on the same day.
It is a sad fact that every town and city across Australia and New Zealand, no matter how small, will have one of these memorials...
The Broken Hill memorial was sculpted by noted artist Charles Webb who died one week before its unveiling in 1925.
'On New Year's Day, 1915, Broken Hill became the site of the only outbreak of war hostilities on Australian soil. It began when a trainload of picnickers passed an ice-cream cart flying the Turkish flag at the eastern fringe of the town. Two men fired at the picnickers killing three people and wounding another six - a boy, a girl, three women and an old man. The two gunmen were locals of Turkish origin. They moved on to a cottage where they murdered the occupant and then were confronted by a party of police, soldiers and rifle-club members. After a lengthy battle the men were killed. Today there is a railway truck to mark the spot of the initial encounter (listed on the town's heritage trail) and a replica ice-cream cart at White Rocks, at the northern end of the town, where the shootout occurred.'
It's a bit over an hour to get to this location. An aboriginal cultural site where I first really came to understand how the aborigines link with the land.
Every place is linked to the next part, every hill, waterhole and significant feature is part of a legend. The snake is linked to the frog who is linked to the aborignal women who is linked to the watering hole. Know the legend and you'll never be lost.
Our guide was a Broken Hill man who'd worked in the mines but now had a different career and was loving it.
Gerald had a lovely anecdote to tell about a Sydney woman who was on his tour and was very concerned whether it was acceptable to call him Gerald or not. He smilingly, and somewhat disbelievingly, assured her it was. She had been concerned that it might offend him in some way. Such is out ignorance.
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